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Alvarez was a demon lord who constantly searched for the taint of Law among demons. He was a master of torture who would brutalize his own troops, and even other demons feared his creative methods of torture.
Alvarez's appearance in the 14th century DR was that of an ordinary human man in remarkably pristine clothing. His one physically odd feature was his oily hair, strangely colored blue and black. Previous forms included those of a chasme and later a glabrezu.
Alvarez was well-known throughout the Abyss for his excessive cruelty and lack of mercy, even for a tanar'ri. Not even his own troops were spared from his devious brutality, as he would just as quickly punish them as any other. He was as clever as he was inventive, possessing advanced torture techniques both vast and terrifying. Seemingly insane, he had a deep-seated loathing of anything lawful, constantly trying to stamp out orderly behavior in any demon he came across. Due to his love of chaos, he associated with the slaad and used them as spies and messengers.
Alvorez was a master torture technician capable of inflicting horrifying tortures that sowed terror in even demons.
Alvarez spent most of his time on his inquisitions, questioning and torturing any demon that could be called lawful. Those who interacted with devils were especially targeted as potential converts and would quickly be tormented. This treatment also extended to minions who had failed their task, with punishment coming fast and hard. He would make use of mortals and slaadi to spy on suspects, and deliver messages to future victims.
When Alvarez was originally being judged by his nalfeshnee, he managed to be so charismatic and hateful that his judge was won over to his cruelty. He quickly rose through the demonic ranks, serving a relatively short amount of time as a chasme and as a glabrezu before becoming a demon lord. His reputation and those of his soldiers earned him the title of the Purging Duke, although this was seen as a derogatory title and no one would dare call him that in his presence.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Colin McComb (September 1997). Faces of Evil: The Fiends. Edited by Ray Vallese. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 60. ISBN 0-7869-3430-1.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 155. ISBN 0-7869-3919-2.